CBS Greenlights 13 Episodes of Sci-Fi Drama 'Extant' for Summer 2014

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August 7th, 2013


via press release:




August 7, 2013, Studio City, Calif. – CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of EXTANT, a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios.  The series will be broadcast during summer 2014.


EXTANT is a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space.  Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.


“EXTANT is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal itself throughout the script,” said Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment. “Our partnership with Amblin for UNDER THE DOME showed that viewers respond to high-quality event programming in the summer.  We look forward to building on that with EXTANT and offering CBS audiences another high-concept, unique event for summer television.”


EXTANT is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, who wrote the script, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will serve as executive producers.  The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.


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About Amblin Television

In addition to EXTANT, Amblin/DreamWorks Television produces four series at four networks: summer hit UNDER THE DOME at CBS, which was just picked up for its second season; FALLING SKIES for TNT, which was just picked up for its fourth season; THE AMERICANS for FX, which starts production on its second season in the Fall; and LUCKY 7 for ABC, which is currently in production on its first season to premiere in the fall.  Amblin Television is Steven Spielberg's television company which is run by Co-Presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, who have been with Amblin/Dreamworks for 18 years.


  • Mike

    Sound ok

  • Alice in Wonderland

    I want something new with dinosaurs. Fox should have never cancelled Terra Nova!!!!

  • The Original J

    I like this push for more scripted shows in the Summer. CBS is clearly trying to capitalize on the success of UTD, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  • Dennis

    I call this…. The DOME Effect :D

  • Martin

    Let me guess, another “limited series”? – :), will probably check it out when it premiers. Wonder will they get sort of name actors for this too, like the way UTD got Rachelle LeFevres hair.

    Guess we can really say the “Gone Fishing” sign the networks used to hang up during the summer, or at least the perception that they did, are gone for good now.

  • Igwell

    something to replace Unforgettable

  • CBSviewer

    Now Unforgettable is certain to be canceled… Again ;)

  • DeeAgeaux

    This sounds Sci-Fi light.

    More thriller suspense.

    Will check out anyway.

  • Hubert R.

    sounds like it will be another hit :) where will CBS put it? Thursday 10 PM out of BB seems a nice slot for it, but if people who see the promos on UTD are supposed to remember it is on, then EXTANT should air during the first half of a week.


    UTD Monday
    Extant Thursday

  • CBSviewer

    @ Hubert R.

    sounds like it will be another hit

    We’ll see but remember UTD was promoted during Superbowl (I don’t know if it’ll make a big difference).

    where will CBS put it? Thursday 10 PM out of BB seems a nice slot for it

    It makes sense but doubt BB will air on Thursday next summer. Expand will probably air after the 2-hour comedy block repeats on Thursday (like UTD on Monday).

  • CBSviewer

    * Extant oups !

  • DenverDean

    Not sure this is certain death for UnF. CBS is going to cancel one or two of: BB, TM, TGW or H50. My bet is on BB and TM (almost certain death since it’s WB production and the other three are CBS). Just as they didn’t air CSI:NY after it was canned, they won’t keep airing one of the cancelled shows. Plus, UnF has really increased the numbers in TGW slot, so even if CBS keeps that show, it makes sense to replace it with fresh product.

  • CBSviewer

    @ DenverDean

    I think The Good Wife and The Mentalist will both be canceled. CBS could premiere a new drama on Sunday at 9 after TAR and move an underperforming drama at 10. So they could premiere three new drama in the fall even with their four hours of Comedy.
    Hawaii Five-0 is safe considering it has a very high syndication deal ($2.5 million per episode). Blue Bloods will get a fifth season to reach 100 episodes and because it rates OK in a hard slot.

  • LisaM

    Summer is becoming better TV time than winter. I hate hate hate so-called reality TV, boring and too similar in idiocy. There just isn’t enough good TV these days.

  • johnhelvete

    CBS won the bidding war for this show and part of their pitch was pairing it with UTD on Mondays.

  • USAmerica1st

    Sounds interesting, but probably belongs on Syfy or cable. Many of these shows have failed on network TV: Surface, Defying Gravity, Terra Nova, The Event, but its SciFi, so deal me in.


    This show doesn’t sound that interesting & if the quality is anything like UTD it’ll be crap too. I think this show will have trouble competing with FOX Mondays with 24.

  • Andrew

    I’m glad CBS is trying more of this event programming. Some of CBS’s best show came from Summer like Survivor.

  • Wright

    I’ll give it a try. UTD is a good show, so maybe this will be too.

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